Haryana has a glorious legacy for excellence in sports. Boxing, wrestling, kho kho, football, hockey, and kabbadi are played passionately across the state in schools and local clubs. It is this passion for sports that catapulted Haryana to the top position in the 2007 National Games with 30 Gold, 22 Silver and 28 Bronze medals. 2008 Olympic Games bronze medalist Vijender Singh Beniwal is from the state. Haryana has produced an illustrious list of star sports persons from Kapil Dev to Virender Sehwag, and from Vikas Krishan Yadav to Maratha Manoj Kumar. Maratha Balwant Sagwal (volleyball), Sushil Kumar (wrestling), and Yogeshwar Dutt (wrestling) are other distinguished sports persons the state has produced.
Haryana needs a robust implementation plan. With lakhs of children in the state being forced into labor and lacking basics such as food, shelter, and education, access to sports and physical training is still a dream. Healthcare and medical attention needs to be looked into as a part of sports promotion for those who still remain below poverty line. While the accomplished few are assured of job security and grants, it might be well worth looking into talented youth lacking adequate training facilities due to lack of sponsorship. Most of the training academies in the state come with attached costs and only parents who can afford the luxury of sending their children here may hope for a sports career for their wards. Taking up sports as a career is still a very distant dream for most of the children and youth of Haryana. Unless there is a dedicated sports category across departments and organizations, this is unlikely to change. Government partnerships with public organizations allowing for private sponsorship and jobs for young sports persons is also a strategy well worth considering.
The basis of any prosperous and successful state is its industrious population. Physical health and sports are the pillars of education and development in any region. Our vision of a happy, healthy and teeming Naya Haryana is likely to become a reality only when the existing facilities for development of sports reaches the masses without any distinction of their economic background. If all children and young people of the state are offered excellent opportunities to choose the sport of their calling and excel in it, Haryana will soon be producing many Olympics and Commonwealth Games champions.